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Bones and Class Structure

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Good moooooorning, Bones Theory readers! It’s June 1st, which is just crazy pants. It’s scary sometimes how months just whip by, you know? It feels like just yesterday we were celebrating me turning 29 and 730/365ths.  I’m very thankful for each one who stops by here each day or every few days or once a week or however Bones Theory fits into your life.

I remember before I started the 100DaysofBones project, I was having some internal conflict. I wanted to be doing more non-fiction writing. I also somehow wanted to commemorate the eventual 100th episode of Bones, and then outside of that, I’d always been slightly bummed that I officially started reviewing episodes in season three. There is SO MUCH good in the first 2.5 seasons, and I wanted to talk about them. I joked in my ‘what’s the point section’ of that blog that it wasn’t like I could just go up to the water cooler at work and say, “Hey, did you see the Bones pilot two and a half years ago? Yeah, that was awesome.”  Haha. You may (or may not) be surprised to know that it took me about two months to come to the realization that I could do all three of those things at once. It was a liberating two-by-four in the face. 😀

I loved that project and didn’t think I could love anything more than that, but when it was over, I still had that itch to keep writing. I’m kind of full of BS sometimes in that instead of actually writing, I’ll just surround myself with writing. I’ll buy books on how to be a better writer. I’ll read them and nod my head and scratch my chin all philosophically and what not and murmur to myself. “Oh, yes. Mmm, good point.” I might even dog-ear a page or two, or whoa-nelly, highlight a particular passage. After I’m done with that, I’ll sigh with satisfaction…I’m a writer. Ha! It’s like watching Extreme Makeover Home Edition and afterward feeling like I’ve done something great for someone else. Um, no, all I did was sit there and watch and pretend not to cry. Haha!

The point is that Bones Theory is the ‘answer’ for when I feel that itch to write. But when I don’t have the itch, it can be stressful. Sometimes I feel this incredible pressure to be a “Writer” with a capital W, and sometimes I realize it’s okay to just chill about it. I’ve said before that the blog’s not called “Bones Answers”, and I find that I prefer to toss out a topic and see what everyone else comes up with. I love the different POVs that people bring to the comments.

I pulled this question from a list of questions I would ask my former students about a novel they were reading, and I thought it applied to BONES.

Think about the role that social class plays in the novel (so in our case, TV show) that you’ve read (watched). What social classes are represented? To what extent is each class depicted? Are all the classes given equal representation? How do the classes shown relate to the classes that realistically exist in the time and place where they take place? How does the author (in our case, show-writers) feel about the different social classes, and how can you tell?

For me, when writing fiction, it’s incredibly convenient when characters have a lot of money, and I’d imagine it’s the same for the show writers too. If a character needs money every once in awhile (Wendell from the block, as my sister calls him), the others can rise up and save the day, no problem. Or it can be used for comedic effect, like when Booth didn’t want to pay to have someone repair his pipes. Though based on my experience with men, I think that had less to do with money than it had to do with just wanting to fix it himself so he knew he could, etc. That Brennan bought him the book (does she accept credit cards? Ha!) was just a bonus.

It’s not like in that episode of Friends where Rachel, Joey and Phoebe genuinely do feel annoyed that Ross, Monica and Chandler have a lot of money to spend on things such as Hootie and the Blowfish tickets.  We don’t have any of that. The only times I can even think of any such tension is when Angela announces that she packs her own lunch (though I’ve never seen it!) and when Booth answers Brennan’s “How do you spend your money” question with “Food and rent”.

With Angela, despite the sack lunch comment, I’d say she’s pretty well off. Her dad at least has money, and she never lacked, even before Brennan gave her a lot of money and she married Hodgins. At this point, her only financial issues related to buying apartments of victims or trying to fit inside a Mini Cooper (where’s that roomy Toyota now?!? Ha!  (Though ugh…sidenote…if there is even one Brennan and Angela shopping for matching Toyota mini-vans moment next season… )

But even the characters who haven’t fallen into money, such as Cam and Sweets…I wouldn’t say they are poor or that money is an issue. They are both incredibly successful.

Some of that is just the ways of fiction and TV. These characters don’t really get stuck in traffic or get paper cuts or other pesky things a lot of US watch BONES to escape from. And that’s fine—I don’t need the show to solve the class structure issues or anything like that. But I do still think it’s interesting to look at and to discuss.

What do you think?  Should it be more of a focus or even less? Are there other moments with class (and I suppose it doesn’t have to be boiled down to just income) discrepancies that I didn’t remember?

Let’s discuss!

Peace, Love & Bones,

~S

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37 thoughts on “Bones and Class Structure

  1. Will write more in a few minutes after I think a bit, but just wanted to say that I adore the posts and subjects brought up on this website. Yes, you can watch shows on a surface level and just be entertained, but its so much more fruitful to delve deep into character motivations and things such as class structure. I’ve definitely been motivated to rewatch this series from the beginning (summer project!) and use my new BT knowledge as I watch. So anyway, thanks for posting these thought provoking ideas! Its fun and makes me stretch my brain a little!

  2. Since you mentioned characters not getting stuck in traffic…have you ever noticed that there’s NEVER any traffic in D.C. when Booth is driving? It’s like a Christmas miracle! It’s not something that I get really upset about, but I do find it absolutely hilarious that he’s always driving down an almost completely empty street when, in reality, this area has some of the worst traffic in the country!

    Moving on…class differences. The first and biggest example of class differences between the characters that comes to mind for me is A Boy in a Tree when Booth is the only one of the group that attended public school (I’m right there with you Booth) and gets defensive about it when everyone else is talking about the superiority of private school. You kind of get the feeling that Booth comes from a working class family, while the rest of them had a much more privileged upbringing. It’s interesting because the thought of Brennan attending private school doesn’t really seem to fit with what they did with her character in later seasons (wasn’t her dad a public school teacher?). I’m not thinking too many foster care kids attended private schools. I usually just chalk it up to that episode airing in early season one when they were still trying to establish the show vs. later on when they could flesh out the characters more.

    This same kind of class struggle came up again in season four in The Bones that Blew when Booth wonders whether Parker would get a better education in a private school (and Brennan tells him that he would). Once again it kind of comes down to the fact that Booth is a working man, he doesn’t come from money, and he simply can’t afford that kind of education for Parker. I do like how they kind of emphasize the importance of parental involvement in the end though. And of course then there’s that cute little science enrichment scene between Parker and “Grandpa” Max… 😉

    • This isn’t much consistency because later on she says her public school education was enriched at home. I think she was stating she would prefer private school education if possible, but she said it in her usual literal and smart ways.

    • Since you mentioned characters not getting stuck in traffic…have you ever noticed that there’s NEVER any traffic in D.C. when Booth is driving? It’s like a Christmas miracle! It’s not something that I get really upset about, but I do find it absolutely hilarious that he’s always driving down an almost completely empty street when, in reality, this area has some of the worst traffic in the country!

      I love this. My dream is to have them get stuck on 270 (although I don’t know why they would be heading north in the evening or south in the morning… but… whatever… I still want them stuck).

      • Urgh! 270! My husband and I lived in Gaithersburg the first year we were married so I remember 270 well. I took a job in Annapolis about 4 months after we moved there so I drove 270 to 495 to 50 every day. I will always be thankful that I wasn’t actually trying to drive into DC because as aggravating as my commute could be (and honestly, most of the time it wasn’t THAT horrible), it would have been 10 times worse if I had been following everyone else into the city.

      • Yeah… you lived in my hometown. I’m still scared to drive on 270 (I cheat and take 355 instead).

        They once mentioned 270 in Titan on the Tracks. It made me smile.

      • Yeah, it cracks me up whenever they mention local roads and towns on the show. I remember Booth mentioning I-270 in the interrogation room once but I thought it was in a later season (four maybe?).

        And I admire your bravery. I’m inclined to think Rockville Pike is just as bad as 270. Thankfully I don’t live out that way anymore and don’t have to worry about driving either road very often.

    • I don’t remember her saying that she went to private school. In the episode when Booth is trying to determine if Parker would be better off in private school, Brennan definitely says she went to public school in that episode.

      • I can’t get the DVD to load on my computer so I can’t check the scene to be sure, but if I recall correctly the private school conversation occurred towards the beginning of A Boy in a Tree (very early season one). Like I said, that episode seems to conflict with what we learn in later episodes. Given what we’ve been told about Brennan’s past, I’d be inclined to believe she went to public school too.

      • I remember her going to public schools too, but I wonder if they are referring to private colleges?
        IDK maybe?

      • From A Boy in a Tree, the scene in Wong Fu’s midway through the episode.

        Hodgins (presumably referring to himself, Zack, Angela and Brennan): “We all went to private schools. None of us are criminals.”

        Scant evidence, I know, but there you go. I’m not sure if there’s anything more specific as I don’t have time to go through the rest of the episode right now.

      • In tBtB Brennan says she did well in a large classroon because she had enrichment at home.

        BOOTH: Twenty-eight grand a year. I didn’t pay that much for four years of college!
        BRENNAN: If you think it’s so ridiculous, why did you save the application?
        BOOTH: I didn’t save it. I just didn’t have a chance to throw it out yet.
        BRENNAN: You don’t have to be embarrassed, It’s perfectly normal to want the best for Parker.
        BOOTH: Public school was good enough for me, it’s good enough for my kid.
        BRENNAN: Of course it is. Probably.
        BOOTH: What’s that supposed to mean?
        BRENNAN: Parker is a bright, engaged little boy. I’m sure he’ll do fine in a large classroom. I did.
        BOOTH: Except…
        BRENNAN: Except what?
        BOOTH: Your dad was a science teacher. You’re a scientist.
        BRENNAN: Yes, my education was enriched at home.

      • I agree – she went to public school. In my original comment, I pointed out that I thought the private/public school discrepancy was due to the fact that A Boy in a Tree aired so early in season one, before they really fleshed out any of the characters. I do think that we were meant to assume she was a private school kid in that particular episode because of the conflict it created between Booth and the rest of the squints (A Boy in a Tree has a strong Booth vs. privilege/Booth vs. the Jeffersonian squints feel to it), but I don’t necessarily think that assumption is backed up by future episodes/character development. It’s just one of those discrepancies that we kind of have to overlook. Does that make any sense?

  3. Well, there is the moment in the Pilot when Booth tells Brennan to get an accountant because she is rich. I don’t remember too many episodes where money- or social status – is an issue. Sure, there are references to rich and entitlement from Booth. He seems to resent entitled people. He seems to have an issue and feel agravated, but I don’t think it is a reflections of the writers’ views. It is merely a characterization, the same as the fact that Hodgins is rich but does not like to have it out in the open. That did not come up too often. Though remember Zach mentioning the cars and how he did not see the main house form the garage?

    As for the writing, thank you for creating a home for people who do not want a disposable show, who like to dwell on the moments and the meanings. Makes you a resistance force against the consumerism of TV.
    And it gives the rest of us an excuse to obsess in privacy and peace.

    Jane

  4. I think that it is interesting that Hodgins is “stinking” rich; but, he has little respect for the rich and doesn’t trust anyone with power (usually the rich have power). We know that Booth has very little respect for people with a lot of money either. Coming from a working class background, like Booth, I can see his point of view. It is hard to work up any sympathy for someone who is handed life on a silver platter. Hodgins plays down his wealth pretty well. He may own a lot of cars (per Zach); but, all we ever see is the mini-cooper. When it comes to Booth, you have to earn his respect, he can’t be bought; but, by the time “A Boy in a Bush” came along he had been working with Hodgins for a while and knew that the man prided himself on his skills and knowledge and that money is not important to Hodgins. I liked that it was Booth in “A Boy in a Bush” who helped Hodgins out. Hodgins didn’t want to go to a Jeffersonian party that would expose who Hodgins really was to his co-workers (that he was very rich) and Booth, understanding Hodgins dilema, helped him stay away from the party.

    I think it is funny that Brennan will mention that she has a lot of money once in awhile and Booth just gives her a look. She knows it annoys him; but, she likes the fact that she has money and doesn’t have to fly coach anymore. I don’t think that Brennan having a lot of money bothers Booth so much as her telling him once in awhile that she does. He loves Brennan; but, it annoys him that Brennan doesn’t care to buy the things that he thinks a person of wealth should buy (like a big screen tv, a vacation home, etc). Brennan comes from the same background that Booth does so knows that money doesn’t usually fall in your lap. I like that Brennan buys the things she wants that make her comfortable; but, she doesn’t flaunt what she has. I also like that she uses her money for charitable works. It is pretty funny that Booth will make her pay the bill at the dinner when he is annoyed with her. He has the money; but, if Brennan is going to remind that she is rich, then she can just buy his lunch. I laugh every time he does that. It is his little dig that if you have it you can spend some of it.

  5. Great post as usual and very good subject. Honestly, at that point, if the writers wanted to go that way, I feel it would be taking time from the 2 major points now developed : the murder plot and the interpersonal relationships. And personally I don’t want to lose any time on these two topics! Especially now!! 🙂 (Am I the only one to think that 1 hour of Bones is shorter than 1 hour of any other TV show? It always seems to go by really too quickly).
    Another great moment I can think of is in The Baby in the Bough. While Booth tries to convince Brennan to get a huge TV, she tries to help the city by pulling some strings and when it doesn’t work, she put the hand in her own pocket …

  6. Forgot to add :
    ‘when Booth answers Brennan’s “How do you spend your money” question with “Food and rent”.’
    No child support??

  7. To my mind, there are three separate economic classes represented by the characters.

    Poor – Wendall
    Middle class – everyone but Hodgins
    Wealthy – Hodgins

    Brennan is rich, but she’s not wealthy, as Hodgins pointed out (and, if you want a really description, Google Chris Rock’s routine about the differences).

    Booth may not have as much money has Brennan, but he’s not poor – i.e., buying an insanely large diamond is done without thinking twice. Neither is Angela. They may hit the scale on the lower end of middle class, while Brennan is at the upper end, but they don’t hurt for money. We don’t see them struggling to pay for daily necessities. We don’t see them calling the power company asking for an extension to pay the light bill. Everyone eats out and goes out drinking all the time. Angela had one of the newest model minivans in whatever episode that was where she drove with Daisy and explained about how much space an artist needed. Money is no object with any of them.

    Except Wendall. But even that isn’t a point of emphasis.

    Hodgins has money engraved in his DNA, so money isn’t something he even thinks about. Expensive perfume? No problem. Ugly emerald jewelry? Meh. Money to Hodgins is like breathing – you just take it for granted.

    I remember a random BONES question that asked “Who is most likely to have credit card problems?” My answer was Cam. That wardrobe doesn’t come cheap, fer shure.

    • Umm…that should be “if you want a really ‘funny’ description, Google Chris Rock . . . ”

      *sigh* More coffee, coming up.

    • There is an interesting perspective about the classes. The working poor in this country would be considered middle class in some countries. Also, the fact that you are considered middle class doesn’t mean a lot since the range is so big. If you are at the bottom of the middle class scale, the top of the middle class scale can look rich to you. Wendall seems to be the only one from a poor background; but, even he goes out to the diner and the bar. It is all relative and like you say, noone on this show suffers paying the bills. That is fine with me. I don’t watch bones to see the mundane problems that we all have.

  8. Well, there are two ways to get rich. One, it comes from your family, or you work hard to earn it. I think that’s why Hodgins and Brennan are a little bit different about it. Hodgins knows his is family wealth, but he’d rather downplay that fact and spend his life working. Brennan worked hard for what she has, and it is due to her intelligence that she has accomplished so many things. Brennan has always placed a high premium on intelligence, so she certainly doesn’t feel ashamed for having so much money. Other than having artifacts displaying her appreciation for anthropology, I think she’s practical and only gets the things she needs. She likes the comfortable life she can have, which can come across as flaunting, but I get the sense that she’s comfortable with what she has at this point, and whatever else she wants can’t really bought, anyway.

    As far as Booth is concerned, I think his real issue is with rich people who think that they are entitled to whatever they want, not subject to rules/the law like other citizens, and are selfish. But he knows Hodgins and Brennan enough to know that they are good people at heart, so he doesn’t have to hold it against them.

    • Before someone corrects me, I know those aren’t the only two ways people get rich, but I think it’s two of the more common reasons.

    • I also think because Booth knew Hodgins and Brennan before he knew they were rich, helped. He doesn’t seem to want to get to know the ‘Hoity Toits’. I think if Brennan was well off before they met it would have created a whole different relationship between them.

  9. On tv, money and class are really only an issue if the plot of the week demands it. I mean, why is Wendell scrounging for extra shifts when Brennan offered him a blank check to come back to work in Mastodon?

    Booth does not appear to be suffering any financial effects of the engagement ring folly — throwing the ring was a grand symbolic gesture, not an act with any real repercussions. (Psst Booth, your apartment is filled with valuable antiques if you ever need some cash!)

    Having said all that, Booth has been pretty consistently characterized as someone who resents entitlement. He doesn’t begrudge Brennan her wealth – he knows she earned it. And he respects Hodgins because Hodgins would rather be Jack from the lab.

    One of my fave moments ever is in Aliens, when Hodgins says he’s rich and Brennan just shrugs and is all “okay, I won’t split the cost of the perfume with you.”

    Nobody cares that Hodgins is rich because it doesn’t affect how he treats them. Of course all our heroes are pretty virtuous anyway.

    Its the weekley bad guys who are snobs.

    Money will probably be an issue next season, between B and B, however, because its a handy source of conflict.

  10. Brennan’s mentioning her wealth, when she does so, to me is not her bragging or showing off, its just a fact to her. And yes she did earn it through hard work so she is not ashamed of her wealth. Also, class structure to Brennan has anthropological meaning. There are people of varied classes, no matter where, what time period, what culture. There are wealthy, well off, decent, and poor. It just is a fact. So for Brennan, the fact that she and Hodgins have lots of money, others are in the middle, and Wendell has to struggle is an anthropological necessity.

    However, as her character develops, through Booth and the team, she learns how to affect society/culture/class structures through different ways she can use her wealth. She donates, she helped fix the bridge for that town, she helped Wendell through the scholarship, etc. Yes there is, and will always be some type of class structure in society, its just a fact. Some people have more ambition, intelligence, or opportunities that others do not have. That being said, Brennan has learned through the years that she can still affect change and make a difference to some people’s lives, even if its a small one. I think that’s awesome.

    I think Hodgins also handles his wealth well. He was born into the wealth, so he had no say in it, but he did get an education and does something with it. He lives comfortably off the wealth, but does not flaunt it. His extravangant purchases we did see were for Angela because he loves her. I kind of like that they show you can be wealthy and not Paris Hilton. That there are good people out there that worked hard for what they have and are responsible with it.

    Its a cool message. No matter if you start out in a lower class (Wendell), you are in the middle (Booth, others) or on the top level (Brennan, Hodgins), you can do something in whatever social/class structure you belong and make your mark on others and society as a whole. Wendell up through Hodgins all contribute positively through society and try to make the world a better place through their abilities and resources.

    • Wendell up through Hodgins all contribute positively through society and try to make the world a better place through their abilities and resources.

      I agree with you. That is why I love this show.

  11. I haven’t read the comments yet, the number of comments is sure growing fast and I just wanted to get my thoughts down before I forgot them.

    Yes we do have multiple instances that point out the differences in the financial circumstances of the characters. It does seem in the first couple of seasons we had more of that than the latter seasons. As well as Boy in the Tree and Booth’s thoughts of the rich and entitled, we also have Man in the Mansion, with Booth making comments and GG pointing out Booth wanted to solve the murder of the poor boy and so tied it into the rich man to be able to work that case…that he was more hmmm; motivated(?) to solve the boy’s murder.

    We have the conversations of Hodgins being “rich”, and while Brennan has money, gets a seven figure advance for her book, she is still my Hodgins measure just “well off”. I do think Booth represents the middle class working man. He’s not struggling financially, but he doesn’t have a lot of excess money (although apparently he can afford to chuck a huge engagement ring).

    Angela states she brings her lunch to work to save money, and really she’s an adult so just because her father is famous doesn’t mean she has money (although I can’t see her protective Daddy letting her do without).

    We know Wendell is struggling financially and in his plea with Cam for more hours he makes statements about the other interns not needing money, so is all of their financial statuses are apparently known and discussed (did anyone know that Arastoo’s family had money?).

    But what I think is the real class distinction on Bones is more of the educational classes; those with a PhD, or multiple PhDs and those with a “virtually useless” Bachelors or Masters degree. I think in the Bones circle. Education and intelligence (or effective use of same) means more than financial status. That is something that is brought up many times. Brennan mentioning how many degrees she had. Hodgins doing same stating he has 3 PhDs more than once. Goodman saying he won’t speak to anyone without a PhD (ok he really would, but he did say it).

    I could be wrong; it just seems to me the more important class distinction in Bones is the educational/intelligence distinctions.

    • Very good point on the educational/intelligence distinctions. Theirs is an academic world, for sure.

      • I agree. Education seems to be much more of a status symbol there than anything else money can buy.

        I remember during the last election, someone asked President Obama about money. His comment about being able to finally pay off his and Mrs. Obama’s student loans with the money from his books was interesting. I can see Brennan doing something similar with her first big advance. Not buying cars or a big piece of jewelry but paying off those loans.

      • Good point, I agree it does seem more about education instead of money. If we look at it that way Wendel fits in with the rest of them. I always took him to be the smart, but has to study type. Anyone else see this?

        In CitG when he said I’m going to Brennanize you I thought that was the first time he flaunted his intelligence. He is the more likeable character, because he just seems so real, like he has to think about things before acting on them, where the rest seem to just say the right answer off the top of their heads. The bowling ball scene comes to mind in this too.

  12. Short answer: middle class.

    The overwhelming majority of Americans will answer “middle class” when asked their class, whether they make $5,000/year or $5,000,000. Which illustrates the problem with using income as the definer of class. Another example: How do you classify a plumber with a trade school education who makes $200,000/year and a professor with a doctorate who makes $50,000/year?

    So before we can discuss class, we have to be clear what we mean, and therein lies the problem. In America, class is too fluid — and I don’t mean simply that we can change class — I also mean that how it’s defined is fluid. As a marketing professor, I have to address the problem of class with students every semester. My answer is always the same: don’t talk class. If you mean income, talk income. If you mean education, talk education. Class can mean anything, so it means nothing.

    There are numerous measures of class. Some look at income. Some look at source of income (accumulated wealth v. earned income). Some look at source of income in terms of type of work or source of accumulated wealth. Some look at education. Some look at housing and type of neighborhood. Some look at where you came from: your parents’ class. There are many different combinations of the above that are used as measures of class. Depending on which measure I use, I have, at various times, come out working class/lower middle class, middle class, upper middle class or lower upper/nouveau riche.

    All that said, this group of people illustrates all the issues above. They all (except perhaps the squinterms) are doing much better than average income-wise. They are all (including the squinterns) better educated than average (this includes Booth who must be at least a college graduate to be an FBI guy). Booth and Wendell may have had working class starts, but the others seem to be from at least middle class homes. Brennan had hers until she was 15, which, given her education and success, seems to have been sufficient to establish middle class values and habits. We only know about the homes of Booth, Brennan and Hodgela, so we can’t use that. With the exception of Hodgins, they all make a living by working, not living off assets.

    My conclusion: In America it’s nearly impossible to conclude anything about any given individual’s class, so I don’t see how to conclude anything about the meaning of class in “Bones.” Furthermore, everyone in the team is at least middle class and probably upper middle class based on some measure of class. So, if there’s little or no variation, there really can’t be much meaning to it.

    BTW, a great, very short book on the subject is “Class” by Paul Fussell. He argues that it’s more about type of work, attitude toward the work organization, certain values, etc. than about simple measure of income or education.

  13. When it comes to class in this country, there is a lot of prejudice that is hard to overcome. Most people do consider themselves to be middle class for the very real reason that the average American, although they wouldn’t mind being rich, resent the rich. I had an uncle whom I considered rich; but, he always considered himself middle classs. He owned apartment buildings in Maryland and was a friend of the governor of the state; but, the way he told it, he was born dirt poor (and he was) and barely made into middle class. He would laugh at anyone who told him he was rich. He thought it was insulting to classify him as rich. Perspective is everything and we are very muddled when it comes to class in this country. I agree with Frankie though. The characters on Bones consider education to be the ultimate factor in class.

  14. I just want to let you all at Bones Theory know that you’ve ruined me for life…in that everything relates in my mind to something in Bones!

    Today I just picked up one of my favorite childhood reads, A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L’Engle, just to reread it (by the way L’Engle is an AMAZING author). And of course, I read something that I attributed to Bones! The poem in which the book takes its title from a couple of 17th century poems by Henry Vaughan:

    I saw Eternity the other night
    Like a great Ring of pure and endless light
    All calm as it was bright;
    And round beneath it, Time, in hours, days, years,
    Driven by the spheres,
    Like a vast shadow moved, in which the world
    And all her train were hurled.

    There is in God, some say,
    A deep, but dazzling darkness; As men here
    Say it is late and dusky, because they
    See not all clear;
    O for that night! where I in him
    Might live invisible and dim.

    Of course, “dazzled” caught my eye as it is a pretty important world in Bones-land.

    “I saw Eternity the other night, like a great ring of pure and endless light…There is in God, some say, a deep but dazzling darkeness…”

    It made me think of Harmonia, and VNM’s last words, and how, when we were going through the rougher patches of the show, Hannah, Zach, general season 6-ness…that was sort of our deep, but dazzling darkness…and now, with another full season under our belts, we can see that, big picture, our story is really a great ring of pure and endless light. The darkness is there, deep, but dazzling…and it is part of a much greater whole.

  15. I agree that class comes up as needed in Bones, though the writer’s have always been pretty consistent about Booth’s resentment of those who feel entitled because of their wealth and Brennan’s practicality when it comes to having money. I personally can’t wait to see how they’ll attempt to compromise on things which have never been much of an issue before because of their separate lives, but which promise to become big potholes on the road to happily ever after. Things like coach vs. first, nice hotel vs. motel, her condo/his rental, joint finances. Booth is a proud romantic and Brennan can be a merciless pragmatist when it comes to making choices-material as well as otherwise, so it ought to be interesting.

    I hope the distinctions which have largely defined these characters over 6 years aren’t glossed over next season. Although I must say that I also don’t want it to feel like B/B are negotiating an arms treaty on every little point, with conflict lurking everywhere. Like much else on the show, I want their little gives and takes to feel natural and not like some contrived plot device. So there’s the rub for the writers next season-along with giving us a fabulous, fleshed-out B/B relationship and what promises to be the world’s cutest baby. They’ve got their work cut out for them!

  16. Sorry I didn’t know where to put my observation… but I was rewatching season 4, and I noticed that what Brennan is wearing, her hair, earrings and even the red nail polish is very similar in the hero in the hold and in the end in the beginning… I am not sure if it means anything or if anyone has mentionned this before but yeah…

    amazing blog by the way thank you 🙂

  17. This post made me think of an interview where Hart Hanson was asked directly or somehow ended up addressing the fact that the Hodgins character is extremely wealthy. His take on Hodgins was that he regretted making him super wealthy because he felt it limited his storyline in a lot of ways. Which I can agree with, because although I really enjoyed the episode where we found out Hodgins is secretly rich (it was the first big piece of information revealed about him, and it gave him an instant “background”, there’s not much more you can do with it (Q:”Hey Hodgins, you still rich?”, A: “Yes”) without it becoming repetitive. And because Angela is obviously comfortable (those ZZ Top royalties have to go somewhere) it can’t be mined as a source of friction for them as a couple.

    However, making Brennan financially more secure than Booth definitely has a storyline purpose, and 10 bucks is on the fact that baby Brennan-Booth brings those issues to the surface again. Which is why it annoyed me when Booth, whom we know to be more financially stretched than any other character, charges up a ring big enough to make a Kardashian swoon and then chucks it in the reflecting pool post-turndown. That was one of those gestures that only a TV character would make, because any other single father with a son who will be college ready within the next 5-7 years would hock that thing on Ebay, pronto.

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